If you are not in the woods hunting morels, you should be. In very quick time, Madison County morels began popping up last Saturday, and there is a promise of great things to come.
We do not have the warm weather, but some record finds were reported in southern Indiana earlier this week. Wayne King and Leila Phillips of Owen County sent me impressive pictures of yellow sponge morels.
King found 300 morels on Monday and twice as many on Tuesday. Phillips' daughter Cat found the largest. Most were yellows. In comparison, my friends John and Debbie Hayes and I found about 50 blacks and grays Tuesday morning. As late as the morels are running, we could be finding big yellows to the middle of May.
An old friend once told me he found morels in Henry County on Memorial Day weekend. This could be one of those years. I believe we will need three 80-degree days to bring on those big woods morels. The long-range forecast is for below-normal temperatures and above-normal rainfall.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, I kept an eye out for morels but was hunting turkey with Ray Novac. He has over 60 long beards under his belt and is a great guy to hunt with.
We sat up at our favorite location before dawn on opening morning with a gobbler responding to our owl hoot. As the first sprinkling of dawn peppered the woods, we could see the tom on his roost. The lighter it got, the more restless he became. Finally, the tom turned his back to us and flew down.
What had been a half-hour of apprehension turned into immediate disappointment. A hen had been roosting with him and led lover boy away from the fake hen making love gestures on a round piece of slate.